Second, we love TWAAW because there are lots of great photos of dogs being dogs. Food Lady does not hide the fact that Piper is, well, a bitch. We love Mad Teeth ™. We love the bizarre lip configurations when dogs shake off. We love the photos of the Woofs interacting with strange dogs, too.
Third, we love TWAAW for a reason that is a little harder to describe. There are lots of great dog photos (though fantastic quality photos of dogs out just doing their doggie thing are rarer), and there are lots of great writers who tell us truthful things about dogs, and there are lots of people who are very funny about their dogs… but almost no one is all three.
Food Lady often puts words or thoughts in her dogs’ mouths (or heads). And sometimes these are not thoughts a dog’s lemon-sized brain could generate. But these are usually obvious; Food Lady knows, and lets us know, that she’s joking.
One great example is in the entry called Conversations with the Dogs (Sept. 19, 2008). Food Lady asks Tweed what is the matter. Tweed says: “I see dead people.” We can be pretty sure that no one really thinks Tweed is seeing dead people… though he does look a bit spooked for some no-doubt legitimate canine reason. Because Tweed’s expression does look like a dog might look if he could see dead people, and because we all know that Food Lady isn’t silly enough to think Tweed is actually seeing dead people, we can enjoy the wonderful humor of this piece without being bothered by fussing about misleading anthropomorphism.
And people who are reading the entry without having any concerns whatever about whether Food Lady is anthropomorphizing will still realize that she is making up a fun story, not seriously attributing a human and psychic act to Tweed.
I guess I love this because so much of what is written about dogs out there is, well, wrong. And sometimes damaging. As a professional dog behavior consultant who constantly deals with the fallout of faulty and damaging beliefs, and who rarely finds dog humor funny simply because it tends to contain these damaging beliefs (about which I am now highly sensitized), it is a tremendous relief to be able to laugh at dog humor that doesn’t promulgate harmful beliefs. Yeah.
Go Food Lady!